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About The Author

Mike holds a Masters in Applied Physiology from Columbia University and a Bachelors in Exercise Science from Bowling Green State University. He is an accredited Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCAS CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and an Advanced Sports Performance Coach from USA Weightlifting (USAWL2).

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Recent Posts



5 Reasons Why All Athletes Can Benefit from Bodybuilding

By Mike Dewar | Mon, Apr 30

Bodybuilding training principles can be a valuable asset to a strength and conditioning coach. Often, bodybuilding programming can receive a bad rap. It is generally thought to involve more isolated (non-compound) exercise and lack sport-specificity.

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How to Develop a Simple Olympic Weightlifting Program for Beginners

By Mike Dewar | Thu, Mar 29

One of the great things about being a coach is the ability to impact the lives of your athletes and clients. After the initial meet and greet with a new athlete, you are often bombarded with questions like:

  • How does your system work?
  • Is it OK for beginners?
  • What are some things a beginner needs to do to get started?
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68 Assistance Exercises for Olympic Weightlifting

By Mike Dewar | Mon, Mar 5

In this article I want to offer coaches and athletes a comprehensive approach to addressing some of the most common issues seen with developing weightlifters, CrossFit members/athletes, and general fitness and sports enthusiasts.

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The Complete Guide to Becoming an Instagram Influencer - Coach and Athlete Edition

By Mike Dewar | Mon, Feb 12

In this article I will share with you my best practices for Instagram growth, all of which have helped me amass over 30,000 followers across my business and personal accounts.

Whether you are a strength coach, personal trainer, or aspiring athlete who is looking to increase online marketability, connect with companies and other influencers, or simply grow your passion for fitness into something more, this should a good kick-start for success.

We will discuss:

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8 Ways To Individualize Your Online Training Programs

By Mike Dewar | Mon, Dec 18

Online coaching and programming has done wonders for coaches around the globe looking to maximize income streams. The draw to online programming for the masses is that it allows you to reach infinite amounts of paying customers in one shot... and does not affect the amount of time you need to spend when you're coaching 10 athletes or 100 athletes.

This means the more paying athletes you have on your online programming, the more you make per hour and the more freedom you have to do whatever you desire (travel, train, be with family, sleep, eat, etc.).

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6 Functional Movements Every Athlete Should Master

By Mike Dewar | Thu, Dec 7

In this article we will explore six functional exercises that can be used for nearly EVERY athlete to increase joint mobility, stability, and core strength... and to build serious injury resistance.

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Crush The Chaos: Here's 10 Tips To Run A Better Large Group Training Session

By Mike Dewar | Mon, Nov 27

Running a training session in a facility full of crazed athletes, crashing weights, and time constraints is not necessarily a walk in the park.

Luckily, I have had the past 5+ years to figure out a flow to help monitor, administer, and effectively train large groups efficiently.

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6 Snatch Variations to Improve Technique, Strength, and Stability

By Mike Dewar | Mon, Oct 16

When looking at faulty overhead stability and strength in the snatch and/or overhead squat, we typically see a wide array of issues. Sometimes it may be due to mobility (the immediate reference of everyone). But it can often be from lack of barbell awareness and placement, overhead strength, timing, and/or lack of general preparation and experience.

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4 Ways To Crush It On Social Media and Build Your Online Coaching Business

By Mike Dewar | Wed, Aug 17

Stop me if this story sounds familiar: when I started my journey to build an online fitness business, I had very little actual business, branding, and marketing experience.

Soon after, I quit my job at a corporate gym to pursue my own companies of J2FIT and TheBarbellCEO. To say the least, I quickly learned the importance of branding, social media marketing, and bootstrapping my business from the ground up.

Believe me when I say that social media has played a huge role in the growth of my companies, and it can do the same for you, but there is a right and a wrong way to go about your social media strategy.

Here's the correct way.

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5 Branding and Marketing Strategies To Promote Your Online Programs

By Mike Dewar | Wed, Aug 10

Online programming is an expanding revenue opportunity for coaches looking to capitalize on the growing needs of athletes all of the globe. There are thousands of free and cheap training options out there for athletes of all types to choose from, however, very few programs are building a branded approach to market and ultimately increase their memberships.

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